Today I’ll help you learn how to replace your garage door rollers! After that, with a little maintenance, your garage doors should continue to operate smoothly for a while.
- New Garage Door Rollers
- Large flat head screwdriver
- A Helper
Start by opening your garage door completely.
Place a clamp on to the track about 2/3 of the way up the door opening.
Release the garage door from the power opener by pulling on the attached release rope.
For added safety, unplug the garage door opener from the outlet.
Near the top of the track use pliers to bend the track slightly open.
Line up the first roller with the opening. Use the flathead screwdriver and wedge it between the roller and the track. Pry the roller out of the track.
Remove the old roller.
Slide a new roller in and insert the roller back into the track.
Roll the door down to the next roller and repeat the same process for removing and replacing the rollers.
When you have replaced the bottom 4 rollers, you’ll realize that you won’t be able to replace the top one because it won’t line up with the opening in the track. Bend the track back into alignment and then roll the door all the way open.
Bend a section of track in the middle of the overhead section.
Be sure to have your helper spot the door or it could slip from the track and bonk you on the head. (Home Repair Tutor shows how to use a 2×4 clamped to the track to support the door if you don’t have a helper available. He also has a different method for replacing the rollers, so be sure to watch his video.)
(Oh yes, this did happen to me! I got knocked hard enough to have me down for the count, but I got right back up and kept right on swinging.)
Pry the last roller out and replace it. Use your pliers to bend the track back into shape.
Remove the clamp from the track. Plug the door opener back in. Re-attach the door to the garage door opener by pressing the button that controls the operation of your door (usually on the wall of your garage.) The door should automatically re-attach to the opener.
Close the door and watch for any misalignment of the track.
If you need to adjust the tracks, loosen the bolts on the side of the track and re-align the track. I used a prybar to give a little leverage to move the track small increments.
Tighten all the bolts. While you are at it, make sure all screws and bolts on the garage and the tracks are tightened because the vibration of the door can usually shake things loose over time.
And that’s it folks!
For more maintenance tips on keeping your garage in tip top shape, check out Home Repair Tutor’s post on garage door maintenance.